Créditos: Universidade do Algarve


Paulo Águas

Paulo Águas


Born in Portimão, on December 7th, 1963.

In 1985, he graduated in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

In 1992 he became a master in Management, from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon. 

In February 2006, she received a PhD in Management, specializing in Marketing, from the Higher Institute of Labor and Business Sciences - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.

Since 2010 he has been a coordinating professor at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism (ESGHT) of the University of Algarve (UAlg), for an indefinite period and on a tenure basis, scientific management area - marketing disciplinary group, through a competition for tests public

At UAlg, he has held several managerial positions, namely: President of the Pedagogical Council and Director of ESGHT, Pro-Rector (2013-2015) and Vice-Rector (2015-2017).

Rectoral Team

Alexandra Teodósio


Born on May 5th, 1965, in Vila Real de Santo António, a small town in southern Portugal, surrounded by marshlands and the Guadiana estuary. Early in life she became aware of the smell of the low tide and the dark colours of the estuary and found out that there are incredible treasures hidden under water. Later, as life went on like a river always meets the sea, she attended the University of Algarve and studied Marine Biology.

In the last 30 years Alexandra Teodósio has been teaching here at the University and has also been working as researcher at CCMAR (Centre for Marine Sciences). She is Vice Rector since 2017. Between 2008 and 2017 she was co-coordinator of the following Master’s programmes: Master’s degree in Marine Biology; International Master in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC) and of the International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSEA). At the moment she is also member of the PhD Programme Committee on Earth, Sea and Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology. She is also responsible for the long term data series “Southwest Iberia” in the Lower Guadiana, associated with ICES and NOAA and also takes part in the Environmental Volunteer Programme for Water of Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency) and was granted for several consecutive years merit awards for her contribution to the activities carried out.

She likes teaching and researching the estuarine ecology and the biological oceanography and in the last years she has built bridges with Africa in the area of marine sciences in what research and post graduate studies are concerned. She co-coordinates the ECOREACH research group "Ecology and Restoration of Riverine, Estuarine and Coastal Habitats" at the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR). Also contributed several chapters/books and published more than 100 scientific articles She is associate editor of the scientific journals: Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science (Elsevier) and Diversity (MDPI). Her main research interests include estuarine and marine ecology; trophic dynamics and nutritional condition - from jellyfish and fish larvae to sea turtles; the effects of global changes on aquatic ecosystems, namely: ocean acidification, flow regularization, microplastics, impacts of non-native species and forms of control and sustainable exploration.

As a hobby she enjoys painting all sorts of things, from furniture to walls and sometimes even “real paintings”.

Ana de Freitas


He was born in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 21, 1965. She has a degree in Zootechnical Engineering (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro - UTAD, 1990), a Master in Marine and Coastal Studies (University of Algarve - UAlg, 1994), a PhD in Biology (Biochemistry) (UAlg, 2001).

She was equated to Assistant of the 1st triennium (1991-1992); Assistant 1st triennium (1992-1995); 2nd year assistant (1995-1999); Equated to Adjunct Professor (2000-2003) at the Higher School of Technology at UAlg. She was equated with Adjunct Professor (2003-2005) and Adjunct Professor (2005-2013) at the School of Health of UAlg and since 2013, she has been Coordinating Professor at the same School.

At UAlg, she held several senior positions, such as Director of the 2nd Cycle of Food Engineering, Vice President of the Department of Health Technologies, Director of the Clinical Analysis and Public Health course, Director of the Dietetics course, Director of the Escola Superior de Saúde e member of the Coordinating Committee of the Master in Management and Evaluation of Health Technologies. He developed research activities at the Laboratory of Comparative and Molecular Endocrinology of the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) and has developed research and extension activities in the field of public health and health technology assessment.

Nuno Bicho


Nuno Bicho, Lisbon, January 11, 1965, received his PhD in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas, in 1992. He was Assistant Professor at Drew University 1993-94, when he returned to Portugal, starting at Universidade do Algarve in October of that same year.

He received funding from Instituto Português de Arqueologia, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, National Science Foundation dos EUA, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Archaeological Institute of America. Nuno Bicho was the first Portuguese recipient of a National Geographic Society grant, in 1994, followed by new editions in 2006, 2015 and 2016. His research has been carried out in Portugal, USA, Ecuador, Mozambique, Senegal, and Sudan.

He has over 250 publications, including books and articles in international peer reviewed journals and presented more than 250 papers and posters to international meetings.

He was an Academic Editor of PLOS ONE and, recently, was appointed as one of the Editors-in-Chief of the new Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology (Springer-Nature Group). He also acted as Dean for various times at Universidade do Algarve since 1996.

João Rodrigues


He was born in Portimão, Portugal, on January 11, 1971.

He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, obtained his M.Sc. in Systems and Computer Engineering in 1998 and a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Specialty Computer Sciences in 2008, by the University of Algarve (UAlg), Portugal.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia (UAlg), where he teaches Computer Science and Computer Vision since 1994.  During this period, he held several positions as director of the Bachelor and Master course and director of the Department. He is a member of the Associated Laboratory LARSyS (ISR-Lisbon), CIAC (UAlg) and of the Associations APRP, IAPR, SUPERA and ARTECH.

He participated in more than 18 scientific projects (in some cases he was the responsible researcher) financed nationally or internationally, among which several stand out in partnership with companies and IPSS. He is co-author of more than 150 scientific publications, mostly articles indexed in Scopus and / or Web of Science.

He belongs to the editorial board of several international newspapers. Organized or belonged to the organization of several special tracks and international scientific conferences. He is editor of 2 books on developments and technologies for human-computer interfaces and cultural heritage, and is currently the editor of 3 books in the area of Internet of Everything (IoE).

His main areas of scientific knowledge are computer vision, assistive technologies and human-machine interaction.

Ana Conceição


Born in Lourenço Marques, on September 28, 1973. She joined the Mathematics course at the Universidade do Algarve in 1992. She holds a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Superior Técnico (1999) and a PhD in Mathematics at the Universidade do Algarve (2007). At the Universidade do Algarve, she was Monitor (1997), Intern Assistant (1997-1999) and Assistant (1999-2007). Ana Conceição has been, since 2007, Assistant Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia.

Ana Conceição is an integrated member of the “Center for Functional Analysis, Linear Structures and Applications”. She organized and/or belonged to the scientific committee of several national and international scientific conferences. She is the author/co-author of dozens of scientific publications (book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles in conference proceedings) and guest co-editor of a special Springer volume. She has produced several computer applications in her main area of ​​research (available online as supplemental material to articles indexed in the Web of Science).

Ana Conceição played the role of Principal Investigator in the project “Divulgação de Software Educacional Dinâmico para uma Aprendizagem Interativa em Matemática no Ensino Superior”, funded by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2017). She has produced several dynamic and interactive digital resources, having received a nomination for the “Prémio Casa das Ciências 2019”. She is Coordinator of the “Clube da Matemática da UAlg”. She is a trainer for the “Programa de Formação e Capacitação da Universidade do Algarve 2020” and for the “Jornadas Interinstitucionais de Desenvolvimento Pedagógico”. She collaborates with the Casa das Ciências and the Associação Portuguesa de Matemática. She is a member of the “Equipa UAlg”.

Ana Conceição belonged to several course directions. She was a member of the Pedagogical Council of the Unidade de Ciências Exatas e Humanas, the Scientific Council of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia and the General Council of the Universidade do Algarve.

Eduardo Esteves


Born in Luanda, Angola, on June 8, 1972, Eduardo Esteves graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries in 1995 (University of Algarve, UAlg), obtained his MSc in Ecology (University of Coimbra, 1999) and earned his PhD in Population Ecology in 2006 (UAlg).

He was a research fellow (MSc and PhD) in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT UAlg) before joining the Department of Food Engineering of the Institute of Engineering (ISE UAlg) in 2001, where is Professor Adjunto since 2005. He is also a member of CCMAR since 1997.

His current research interests and lecture topics include processing and quality control of fish and seafood products, sensory analysis/sensometrics of foods, and experimental design and statistical analysis/modeling of data. He has been interested in systematizing and developing his pedagogical practices, namely studying, and applying active teaching-learning strategies in the classes in which he teaches – STEM – to interest and motivate students to achieve the intended learning outcomes.

He has also carried out non-teaching activities at ISE UAlg, e.g. elected president of the Pedagogical Council (2017-2021), member (elected) of the Technical-Scientific Council (since September 2009), deputy director of the Department of Food Engineering (October 2013- September 2015), member (elected) of the Statutory Assembly of ISE UAlg (February 2009), director of the MSc in Food Technology (2009-2013 and 2017-2021) and representative of ISE UAlg on the Technical Commission 25 (CT- 25) - Fisheries and Aquaculture Products of the Portuguese Quality Institute (IPQ) since June 2006.

Patrícia Pinto


Patrícia Pinto was born in Loulé in 1970 but considers herself from Faro, as she has always lived in the Algarve capital. She joined the Business Management course at the University of Algarve in 1988 and began her academic career as a tutor in the last year of her degree. At that time, she had the opportunity to collaborate on curricular units of quantitative data analysis, which would end up dictating her academic path at the University of Algarve, particularly at the Faculty of Economics. He has a master's degree in Economic and Business Sciences (1997), having prepared his dissertation in Econometrics. He completed a PhD in Quantitative Methods Applied to Economics and Management, specializing in Statistics (2004) and Aggregation in the same area (2013). She has been a Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics since November 2022.

For the last three decades, she has been a professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve, teaching mainly courses on quantitative data analysis and research methodologies. In her teaching activity, she also highlights the supervision of students, with 17 doctoral theses and 31 master's theses completed by the end of 2022.

She is a researcher at the Research Centre for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being (CinTurs) at the University of Algarve, formerly the Research Centre on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO). She has been the Coordinator of CinTurs since 2018. Between 2015 and 2018, she was Vice President of CIEO. She was director of the Marketing Masters (2009-2015) and the PhD program in Quantitative Methods Applied to Economics and Management (2019-2022). Currently, she is part of the directive board of these courses and director of the PhD program in Tourism (since 2022). She was a member of the University of Algarve's Senate, the Pedagogical Council of the Faculty of Economics, and the Scientific Council of this Faculty of the University of Algarve.

In her doctoral thesis, she worked with explanatory models of pro-environmental consumer behaviour, from the perspective of social marketing. After finishing her doctoral thesis, the opportunity arose to apply similar models in the tourism field. Currently, her research interests include using models and statistical analysis techniques in the management of tourist destinations, highlighting the study of the impact of tourism on the happiness and quality of life of residents in the places visited. At this level, she has been the Principal Researcher, since 2019, in the project RESTUR-Residents 'attitudes and Behavior towards Sustainable Tourism Development in the Algarve (GRANT_NUMBER: SAICT-ALG / 39584/2018). She is currently the Co-Principal Researcher on the TourExperience project (Tourist experiences' impacts on the destination image: searching for new opportunities to the Algarve) and a team member on the Monitur project (Observation and monitoring of the Algarve tourist destination: contributions for its sustainable development). She previously participated in research projects on tourism and its connection with the environment and culture.

She is the author/co-author of more than a hundred scientific articles published in journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection or Scopus, as well as books (7) and book chapters (31). She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being, indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection.

She enjoys doing sports, going to the beach and hiking in nature in her free time.


Rectors' Gallery

Manuel Gomes Guerreiro


Manuel Gomes Guerreiro


Carlos Alberto Lloyd Braga


Carlos Alberto Lloyd Braga


Jacinto Montalvão Marques


Jacinto Montalvão Marques




Eugénio Alte da Veiga




Adriano Gomes Pimpão




João Guerreiro


António Branco


António Branco








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